Artists of the moment….Photographers Doug and Mike Starn…..

Douglas and Mike Starn are two identical twins are known for their vast production in the field of photography.  What is most interesting about their technique is the vastness of their prints. Many prints of say a tree are for example 6 by 8 feet. The end picture is made of several smaller panels, similar to a triptych or diptych.

The twins were born in New Jersey in the year 1961. For their artistic education the twins attended the  School of the Musuem of Art Boston. The two were able to complete a five year program in only four years!

Below is a great example of the Starns photography works.

Price range information:  The most expensive work of the artist are the photographs from the Blot Out the Sun series. Number 3 sold for $50,000. These prints are a very large size.  Prints can be found starting around $1,000. The brothers have also completed collages which start around $500. The two are masters at their chosen medium so many different prints like gelatin silver or cibachrome prints can be found.

First major exhibition was the Whitney Biennial in 1987. The two have already put in 50 years combined in their chosen medium of photograpy! Like two Ansel Adams at once.

The Starn brothers also received a great deal of attention for a show that took place in 2010 on the roof the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show was titled Big Bambu and the show had some amazing numbers. Their show was the fourth worldwide in attendance for an art show featuring contemporary works of art. Below is a clip featuring the artists at the Met.

In 1989 the brothers made the move to Red Hook, Brooklyn from Boston. Now they reside in Beacon, New York.

For me its a very exciting time in an artist’s life when they get their first public commission. In this clip we see and watch their brothers work on their first public commmission.

If you enjoy photography as an art form please be sure and read check out another wonderful duo of photographers McDermott and McGough. David McDermott and Peter McGough both paint, work in film, sculpture, and photography. The two split their time in Dublin, Ireland and New York City. I enjoy looking at their photographs because they use time period processes. This would be methods from the 1800s such as cyanotype and gum bichromate. The two are known to dress up in clothes from the 1800s. Below is a photograph of the two in 1860’s time period costumes.

McDermott & McGough ~ Portrait of the Artists (With Top Hats) 1865, 1991

Make it a point to learn about  all forms of art.


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